CAA Executive Charles Melniker Dies at 60

He worked at the agency since 2001 after founding his own management firm in 1990.

Charles Melniker, a business affairs executive at CAA, died Tuesday at home in New York following a battle with lung cancer. He was 60.

Melniker joined CAA in 2001 from his own management firm, Melniker Management, which had represented writers, directors, actors and producers since its founding in 1990.

Melniker started his legal career as associate counsel at United Artists Corp., then transitioned to RCTV/The Entertainment Channel, an early pay-cable venture from RCA and Rockefeller Corp. In 1983, he moved with his family to Los Angeles to work at ICM and then Columbia Pictures.

A native of Rockville Centre, N.Y., Melniker graduated from Tufts University in 1973, then completed his law degree at Fordham University School of Law.

Said the CAA partners in a statement: “We have lost a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the great fortune to know him. Charles was not merely a remarkably talented and widely admired colleague, but an inspiration as well. His relentless optimism, passion for his work and devotion to his family and friends were regular reminders to us all of what it means to embrace and enjoy life. Our hearts go out to Charles’ loving family at this incredibly difficult time. He will be deeply missed.”

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Nadine; his daughter Avital and her husband, David Berman; his daughter Sophie and her husband, Matthew Shuman; his daughter Lara; his granddaughter Zoe Berman; his brother Harvey; and his parents Benjamin and Shirley.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Calvary Fund at the Calvary Hospice, 1970 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461.